Africa in detail

When to go and weather

High Season

  • North Africa Nov–Mar is the coolest period.
  • Central Africa Jun–Sep is the dry time.
  • East Africa Dec–Feb and Jun–Sep are the two main dry seasons.
  • West Africa Nov–Apr is the dry season.
  • Southern Africa Nov–Mar, but rain can continue until Dec in South Africa.


  • North Africa Apr, May, Sep and Oct.
  • Central, West & Southern Africa Oct and May.
  • East Africa Mar and Oct.

Low Season

  • North & West Africa Jun–Aug.
  • Central Africa Nov–Apr.
  • East Africa Apr, May and Nov.
  • Southern Africa Jun–Sep; great for wildlife watching.